South Shore Cultural Center

  • 7059 S. South Shore Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Andrea Adams
  • Park Phone: (773) 256-0149

Located in the South Shore community, South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975). This cultural haven was founded in 1905 and later rebuilt in 1916. Bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975, this historic building was restored as a historic landmark after a massive community campaign led by the Chicago Park District and historic preservationists. South Shore Cultural Center totals 64.50 acres. With its magnificent country club-like interior,this facility features a solarium, formal dining hall, Paul Robeson Theater, Washburne Culinary Institute, and the Parrot Cage Restaurant. Green features of the park include a nature sanctuary and a butterfly garden. Outside, the park offers a nine-hole golf course, beach, and open spaces for picnics and walks. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our solarium, dining room, theater, and fields. Park-goers can participate in variety of cultural programs and classes for all ages in dance, music, art, health, culinary arts, fitness, and more. South Shore has recently added new adult art classes including textile art, drawing & painting, mixed media art, and ceramics. 

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, South Shore Cultural Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

South Shore Cultural Center Arts Partners:

As the gem of the South Lakefront, South Shore Cultural Center is proud to offer a variety of culturally rich programs to the surrounding community. These programs would not be possible without the successful partnerships that have been nurtured with the following organizations. For more information about these partnerships and programs, call the South Shore Cultural Center.

Country Western Line Dance: (773.933.1951), Triple H. Productions: (773) 768-6276, Steppin: National Steppers Society, (312) 259-1443, Ballet & Jazz: Iona Calhoun, (312) 493-5698,       Hatha Yoga: Jamila Onyeali, (773) 493-4840 - Sheelah Muhammad, (773) 752-5289, Ceramics: Talonna Sharp, (773) 256-0946, Chicago Music Association Branch No. 1: Barbara Wright-Pryor, (773) 721-3210,  Cooking classes: Washburne Culinary Institute, (773) 602-5487 

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach is part of the South Shore Cultural Center, which is considered to be the jewel of the neighborhood. The site is a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a pool, and an elaborate, refurbished clubhouse. The clubhouse is surrounded by the golf course, and sits back from the beach area. The site also has a circular beach house with concessions, restrooms, and showers, and it is located just to the east of the clubhouse on the beach. As of 2001, South Shore also has its own Nature Sanctuary, and visitors can walk along a boardwalk near the beach, and observe the emerging sand dunes, a small wetland, prairie landscape, and a variety of wildlife in the area.

History

The South Shore Cultural Center, a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a bathing beach, and an impressive building, originated as the South Shore Country Club. In 1905, Lawrence Heyworth, president of the downtown Chicago Athletic Club, envisioned an exclusive club with a "country setting." Heyworth selected unimproved south lakefront property, often used for fishing and duck hunting, for the new country club.

The club's directors hired architects Marshall and Fox, later known for designing many of Chicago's most luxurious hotel and apartment buildings, including the Drake Hotel. For inspiration, Heyworth provided a photograph of an old private club in Mexico City, but asked the architects to exclude expensive embellishments. As the club could not yet collect dues, work had to proceed quickly and inexpensively. To this end, members Marshall Field and A. Montgomery Ward lent their store delivery wagons to transport turf, sod, and trees. Mr. Worcester, Vice-President of the Peoples Gas Company, put in lighting for the grounds and clubhouse.

Enjoying immediate success and social importance, South Shore Country Club quickly outgrew its facilities. Marshall and Fox were hired to build a new clubhouse, incorporating the original ballroom. Constructed in 1916, the larger and more substantial reinforced concrete building, like the original, was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style. The country club's membership peaked in the late 1950s. Simultaneously, many African-Americans began settling in South Shore. Because the private club excluded black members, it went out of business in the 1970s.

In 1974, the Chicago Park District purchased the property to expand its lakefront facilities. The park district planned to demolish the severely-deteriorated clubhouse. However, community members rallied together to save the historic building. Rehabilitating the clubhouse as a cultural center in the late 1970s, the park district has since restored other historic features including the front colonnade, entry gate and stables.

Parking/Directions

Metered parking is available in the lot on site.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

South Shore Dining Room

South Shore Dining Room

Notes: Tables & chairs available upon request. May optionally upgrade to Chiavari Chairs for additional cost. Includes attached Dining Room Foyer. Has small attached catering prep area with fridge.

South Shore Lakeview Room

South Shore Lakeview Room

Notes: Overlooks picnic grove 3 & 4.

South Shore Art Gallery

South Shore Art Gallery

Hours: ,

BlammO

BlammO

Location Notes: South Shore Cultural Center

Mr. Big

Mr. Big

Location Notes: South Shore Cultural Center

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach

Notes: Distance swimming is from south end rocks to trees at north end of beach, parallel to shore at boat line

South Shore Bird Santuary

South Shore Bird Santuary

Notes: South Shore Bird Santuary

South Shore Community Garden

South Shore Community Garden

Location Notes: Located to the right of the main building.

South Shore Culinary Center

South Shore Culinary Center

Location Notes: on 4th floor

Descriptors: Monument

South Shore Cultural Center

South Shore Cultural Center

Hours: ,

Notes: Table & chairs available upon request.

South Shore Beach

South Shore Beach

Paul Robeson Theatre

Paul Robeson Theatre

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: Tables & chairs available upon request

South Shore Early Childhood Room

South Shore Early Childhood Room

South Shore Music Library

South Shore Music Library

South Shore Oak Room

South Shore Oak Room

Notes: Overlooks Picnic Grove 1

South Shore Park Kids Room

South Shore Park Kids Room

South Shore Solarium

South Shore Solarium

Notes: Tables & chairs available upon request. Overlooks picnic grove 2.

South Shore Teen Club House

South Shore Teen Club House

South Shore Picnic Grove

South Shore Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

South Shore Prairie and Grassland

South Shore Prairie and Grassland

Location Notes: 7059 S. South Shore Dr.

Notes: South Shore Cultural Center

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at South Shore 127453Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$315.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at South Shore 151012InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 19:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$51.00
Ceramics - Wheel - Beginner at South Shore 136996InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$51.00
Children's Theater at South Shore 151010InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$51.00
Children's Theater at South Shore 151011InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 17:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$51.00
Dance - Jazz at South Shore 137156InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$51.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 137167PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/02/14 22:00From February 14, 2016 to March 13, 2016
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
$55.00
Dance - Tap at South Shore 137182InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/01/09 18:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$51.00
Drawing & Painting at South Shore 137241InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/01/04 19:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$51.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 137346InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/04 23:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 138088PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 16Coed2016/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2016 to March 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$268.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 138089PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-DefenseAt least 5 but less than 16Coed2016/01/09 17:45From January 9, 2016 to March 19, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
$268.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at South Shore 138415InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 25, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$105.00
Strength & Conditioning at South Shore 139041InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$17.00
Textile Arts at South Shore 139318InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/01/05 19:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$51.00
Yoga Partnership at South Shore 139808PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$80.00
Zumba at South Shore 151009InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$20.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at South Shore 153597InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 18:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$52.00
Ceramics at South Shore 143248InstructionCulture and Arts - Sculpture18 and upCoed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 1pm
$52.00
Children's Theater at South Shore 153598InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11:30am
$52.00
Children's Theater at South Shore 153599InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 16:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$52.00
Conditioning at South Shore 143336InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$22.00
Dance - Jazz at South Shore 143398InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$52.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 143409PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2016 to May 1, 2016
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
$50.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 143410PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/05/08 21:00From May 8, 2016 to June 12, 2016
Each Sunday from 4pm to 5pm
$50.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 143412PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/05/08 22:00From May 8, 2016 to June 12, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
$50.00
Dance - Steppers Partnership at South Shore 143411PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2016 to May 1, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 6pm
$50.00
Dance - Tap at South Shore 143428InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/04/02 17:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$52.00
Drawing & Painting at South Shore 143485InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing18 and upCoed2016/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
$52.00
Drop-In at South Shore 153596InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/13 13:00April 13, 2016
Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
$12.00
Drop-In at South Shore 143499InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/08 13:00April 8, 2016
Friday from 8am to 6pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at South Shore 143577InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$18.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 144289PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$170.00
Martial Arts Partnership at South Shore 144290PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Self-Defense5 and upCoed2016/04/02 16:45From April 2, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:45am to 1:15pm
$170.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at South Shore 144632InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 17, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 7pm
$105.00
Spring Break Camp at South Shore 145429CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/18 13:00From April 18, 2016 to April 22, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$52.00
Strength & Conditioning at South Shore 145482InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 23:15From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Textile Arts at South Shore 145805InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles18 and upCoed2016/03/29 18:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$52.00
Yoga Partnership at South Shore 146298PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga21 and upCoed2016/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2016 to June 7, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$80.00
Zumba at South Shore 153600InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$21.00

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Located in the South Shore community, South Shore Cultural Center (formerly the South Shore Country Club) is a cultural facility that has been recognized as a Chicago Landmark (2004) and is also listed on the National Register (1975). This cultural haven was founded in 1905 and later rebuilt in 1916. Bought by the Chicago Park District in 1975, this historic building was restored as a historic landmark after a massive community campaign led by the Chicago Park District and historic preservationists. South Shore Cultural Center totals 64.50 acres. With its magnificent country club-like interior,this facility features a solarium, formal dining hall, Paul Robeson Theater, Washburne Culinary Institute, and the Parrot Cage Restaurant. Green features of the park include a nature sanctuary and a butterfly garden. Outside, the park offers a nine-hole golf course, beach, and open spaces for picnics and walks. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our solarium, dining room, theater, and fields. Park-goers can participate in variety of cultural programs and classes for all ages in dance, music, art, health, culinary arts, fitness, and more. South Shore has recently added new adult art classes including textile art, drawing & painting, mixed media art, and ceramics. 

After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, South Shore Cultural Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

South Shore Cultural Center Arts Partners:

As the gem of the South Lakefront, South Shore Cultural Center is proud to offer a variety of culturally rich programs to the surrounding community. These programs would not be possible without the successful partnerships that have been nurtured with the following organizations. For more information about these partnerships and programs, call the South Shore Cultural Center.

Country Western Line Dance: (773.933.1951), Triple H. Productions: (773) 768-6276, Steppin: National Steppers Society, (312) 259-1443, Ballet & Jazz: Iona Calhoun, (312) 493-5698,       Hatha Yoga: Jamila Onyeali, (773) 493-4840 - Sheelah Muhammad, (773) 752-5289, Ceramics: Talonna Sharp, (773) 256-0946, Chicago Music Association Branch No. 1: Barbara Wright-Pryor, (773) 721-3210,  Cooking classes: Washburne Culinary Institute, (773) 602-5487 

South Shore Beach is part of the South Shore Cultural Center, which is considered to be the jewel of the neighborhood. The site is a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a pool, and an elaborate, refurbished clubhouse. The clubhouse is surrounded by the golf course, and sits back from the beach area. The site also has a circular beach house with concessions, restrooms, and showers, and it is located just to the east of the clubhouse on the beach. As of 2001, South Shore also has its own Nature Sanctuary, and visitors can walk along a boardwalk near the beach, and observe the emerging sand dunes, a small wetland, prairie landscape, and a variety of wildlife in the area.
The South Shore Cultural Center, a 65-acre park with a golf course, tennis courts, a bathing beach, and an impressive building, originated as the South Shore Country Club. In 1905, Lawrence Heyworth, president of the downtown Chicago Athletic Club, envisioned an exclusive club with a "country setting." Heyworth selected unimproved south lakefront property, often used for fishing and duck hunting, for the new country club.

The club's directors hired architects Marshall and Fox, later known for designing many of Chicago's most luxurious hotel and apartment buildings, including the Drake Hotel. For inspiration, Heyworth provided a photograph of an old private club in Mexico City, but asked the architects to exclude expensive embellishments. As the club could not yet collect dues, work had to proceed quickly and inexpensively. To this end, members Marshall Field and A. Montgomery Ward lent their store delivery wagons to transport turf, sod, and trees. Mr. Worcester, Vice-President of the Peoples Gas Company, put in lighting for the grounds and clubhouse.

Enjoying immediate success and social importance, South Shore Country Club quickly outgrew its facilities. Marshall and Fox were hired to build a new clubhouse, incorporating the original ballroom. Constructed in 1916, the larger and more substantial reinforced concrete building, like the original, was designed in the Mediterranean Revival style. The country club's membership peaked in the late 1950s. Simultaneously, many African-Americans began settling in South Shore. Because the private club excluded black members, it went out of business in the 1970s.

In 1974, the Chicago Park District purchased the property to expand its lakefront facilities. The park district planned to demolish the severely-deteriorated clubhouse. However, community members rallied together to save the historic building. Rehabilitating the clubhouse as a cultural center in the late 1970s, the park district has since restored other historic features including the front colonnade, entry gate and stables.

Metered parking is available in the lot on site.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.